Athens’ many annual events include, but aren’t limited to, festivals, parades, fundraisers, sporting events, craft markets and outdoor fun. Here are a few familiar happenings to look forward to each year. Check Flagpole’s weekly calendar in print and at for a comprehensive community events roundup.

Groovy Nights | Aug. 24, 2019 | Get your groove on with Project Safe at The Foundry.

UGA Home Football Games 2019 | Sept. 7 Murray State • Sept. 14 Arkansas State • Sept. 21 Notre Dame • Oct. 12 South Carolina • Oct. 19 Kentucky • Nov. 9 Missouri • Nov. 23 Texas A&M.

LatinxFest | Sept. 28, 2019 | Celebrate with the local Latinx community during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

North Georgia Folk Festival | Oct. 12, 2019 | Enjoy a day of outstanding folk music at sprawling Sandy Creek Park.

Boo-le-Bark on the Boulevard | Oct. 13, 2019 | Rain or shine, show off your pup’s best Halloween attire. 

Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle | Oct. 25–26, 2019 | Don your best costume and howl at the moon on Halloween weekend. Kids events, music and more.

AthHalf | Oct. 27, 2019 | AthFest Educates’ half-marathon features live music along its meandering course and is designed to showcase Athens and UGA. 

Downtown Parade of Lights | Dec. 5, 2019 | Floats, marching bands and Santa Claus make their way through downtown and wind up at City Hall for a tree-lighting ceremony.

Indie South Fair | Dec. 14–15, 2019 & May 9, 2020 | This large outdoor market of folk and functional art has several other events throughout the year. 

Fluke Mini-Comics and Zine Festival | Mar. 28, 2020 | Comic and zine creators get together to share and sell their stuff at the 40 Watt Club.

Athens Jewish Film Festival | March 2020 | Enjoy feature and short films celebrating and exploring Jewish identity. 

Dancing with the Athens Stars | Apr. 4, 2020 | Local celebrities work hard with their paired dancers for Project Safe at the Classic Center. 

Classic City Brew Fest | Apr. 5, 2020 | Sample craft beer from Athens and around the region at this long-running event.

International Street Festival | Apr. 11, 2020 | Student and community groups present a day of music, art, food and more to showcase cultures from around the world.

G-Day Game | Apr. 18, 2020 | UGA’s free spring scrimmage provides fans a first look at next year’s football team.

Boybutante Ball | Apr. 18, 2020 | A glamorous tradition at the 40 Watt features drag queens and kings raising funds for the Boybutante AIDS Foundation. 

Twilight Criterium | Apr. 24–25, 2020 | This world-class bicycle race draws thousands downtown and includes lots of associated activities.

Athens Community Council on Aging Retro Prom | May 1, 2020 | Dress up in throwback attire and show up at The Foundry to support ACCA. 

Winterville Marigold Festival | May 9, 2020 | Music, food, arts and a race highlight a day of fun for all ages in a quirky, cool pocket of Clarke County.

Athens Human Rights Festival | May 2020 | Athens’ venerable people’s fest features progressive speakers, live music and lots more.

Hot Corner Celebration and Soul Food Festival | June 2020 | Music, food and fellowship at Hull and Washington streets downtown, celebrating local black culture and commerce.

Flagpole Athens Music Awards | June 25, 2020 | Readers vote for their favorites, we hand out awards, and music fills the historic Morton Theatre.

AthFest Music and Arts Festival | June 25–28, 2020 | More than 100 local and regional bands play the free outdoor stages and the ticketed Club Crawl. There’s also an artist market, kids activities, food and drink and more.